THE BJP will be initiating a movement against the “injustice” that Muslim women were facing in the city on November 18, in which several NGOs, Muslim women and organisations working for them will participate, the party’s state unit president Dilip Ghosh said on Monday. “We will begin the movement in Kolkata and it will be spread across the state slowly. The idea is to expose Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had been trying to create a pro-Muslim image in Bengal but in fact was working against the interests of Muslim women,” Ghosh said at a press conference.
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The BJP leader alleged that the chief minister had come to power riding on the support of fundamentalist leaders. “Siddiqullah Chowdhury, who had been heading a fundamentalist organisation, contested the MLA election with a TMC ticket and as soon as he won, he was inducted into the cabinet of ministers. This shows Mamata’s patronage towards fundamentalist leaders like him. For the sake of vote banks she can support anti-national activities or go against the Constitution. By backing Chowdhury, she has proved that TMC patronises anti-national activities. We are keeping a tab on the activities of Jamaat and if need be we will inform the Centre about the anti-national activities of the organisation,” Ghosh said, adding that Muslim men found it convenient to get rid of their wives, who are left in misery while their children very often resorted to illegal activities because of improper upbringing.
“We have roped in some NGOs, some Muslim women and Muslim women’s organisations who will join the protest programme,” Ghosh said. Slamming TMC leaders and Mamata for supporting triple talaq, Ghosh said, “It is sad to see that the CM, who is a woman, is against giving equal rights to women in the state. Slowly but surely, Muslims are seeing through the trick that Mamata is playing to woo them.” He alleged that Mamata’s “politics” was creating a “communal divide” among the people of Bengal. Interestingly, a three-day convention of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) is also slated to begin on November 18. Muslim leaders opined that the BJP was organising its movement at the same time purposely to “spark a communal riot” here.